Shiga Kogen Extreme Trail
Samurai Sports Advantage
Nestled deep within Joshinetsu National Park, Shiga Kogen sets the stage for the Shiga Kogen Extreme Trail! Everyone starts at around 1,300 meters and climbs to as high as 2,300 meters where the air is thin and the temperatures remain chilly year-round. Don’t miss this awe-inspiring experience to admire local outdoor highlights and reconnect with nature! Whether you’re a novice or a veteran, trail runners of all levels will appreciate the unique challenges that await at the Shiga Kogen Extreme Trail.
・Beginners welcome! Step into the trail running world with the 8KM course! Intermediate and advanced runners can challenge the 32KM or delve into the ultra-distances with the 54KM.
・54KM course wraps around Shige Kogen with spectacular views of local outdoor spots like Mt. Akaishi, Yokoteyama, and Mt. Yakebitai, as well as Lake Onuma, Lake Hasu, Lake Biwa, and more!
・Race on soft trails of fresh leaves and witness Japan’s autumn foliage with brilliant shades of red, orange, and yellow! *depends on mother nature
・After finishing, relax and heal your body at the nearby Kumano-yu Onsen! * individuals with tattoos are not permitted
・Route will be carefully checked before the race to ensure the safety of participants and after the race for clean-up – participants are welcome to join the race organizer in sweeping the course.
・54KM = 33.6 miles
・32KM = 19.9 miles
・8KM = 6.2 miles
・54KM = 3 points
(April 21, 2019 - Sept 30, 2019)
2019 Race Information
2020 schedule TBA
October 18, 2019 (Friday)
1300-1900…Race packet collection (mandatory for 54KM)
October 19, 2019 (Saturday)
0600-0730…32KM race packet collection and check-in
1130-1230…8KM race packet collection and check-in
1600…32KM, 8KM Cut Off Time
2000…54KM Cut Off Time
¥11,000 (¥12,100 incl. Samurai Sports service charge)
¥8,500 (¥9,500 incl. Samurai Sports service charge)
¥3,900 (¥4,900 incl. Samurai Sports service charge)
¥9,500/night (shared; hotel assigned about 7-10 days before race day)
・Single room supplement: + ¥2,000
・If total cost is ¥10,000 or less, you will incur a flat fee service charge of ¥1,000.
・If total cost is more than ¥10,001, you will incur a service charge amounting to 10% of total cost.
・Why does Samurai Sports implement a service charge? They help us cover the cost of operating the registration platform, translation of athlete guides/event information, labor hours required to answer your event inquiries, etc. Depending on the event, the surcharges help to cover the cost of our physical presence at the event.
Note about Accommodation
Accommodation in Shiga Kogen is mandatory for 54KM participants and strongly encouraged for 32KM and 8KM participants. The race organizer will not verify your accommodation plans but it’s a good idea to stay in Shiga Kogen and acclimate to the high altitude.
Why? Samurai Sports and the race organizer encourages all athletes (regardless of distance) and their companions to arrange for and stay in their designated accommodation. The race organizers believe that this allows runners adequate rest on the night before the race and helps to prevent injuries or accidents that may occur during a race, especially one in a high altitude environment. Relax and get ready for the race – it will be an early start!
If your lodging circumstances have changed or need to be altered for any reason at all, please send us an email at email@example.com
・54KM, 32KM…must be 18 or older
・8KM…must be 13 or older
Cut Off Times
・54KM…15 hours (finish by 2000)
・32KM…8 hours (finish by 1600)
・8KM…3 hours (finish by 1600)
・Demonstrate good manners. All participants must be respectful of the natural course environment and do his/her best to preserve it. Be mindful of other climbers and hikers on the trail.
・Be a responsible athlete. Please make sure you have the physical ability to complete the course.
・Water (must have a minimum of 1.5L at the start line)
・Food / nutrition
・Head lamp (with spare battery; 250 lumens or more recommended)
・Rain gear (insulated, water resistant recommended)
・Cup (paper cups will not be provided at the aid stations)
・Proof of health insurance (a photocopy is permitted)
・Cellphone with a phone number that works in Japan
・Trail running shoes
There will be no gear checks.
All courses…refer to this PDF
54KM Aid Stations…17KM, 26KM, 40KM, 45KM (4)
32KM Aid Stations…17KM, 22KM (2)
8KM Aid Stations…N/A
The race organizers have not provided an elevation profile for this race.
Please note that the course map and advertised distance may not align perfectly. According to the race organizers, this is due to the fact that the area does not always ping well using GPS or GLONASS. Additionally, the course map calculates distance between several geographical coordinates that do not account for irregularities in the surface of the route nor changes in elevation relative to the idealized surface.
Should you find a discrepancy between the advertised distance and the map, you may reasonably expect to run a maximum of the distance advertised but may also find that the distance actually covered more closely resembles that of the course map provided.
Shigakogen Yokoteyama Ski Resort (start/finish)
7148 Hirao, Yamanochi, Shimotakai District, Nagano 381-0401
・This area is difficult to access by public transportation, we recommend taking a private vehicle or rental car.
・Please ensure you have lodging and transportation plans figured out BEFORE registering for this event.
From Tokyo, about 4 hours (about 269KM/167 miles)
From Nagoya, about 4 hours, 30 minutes (about 321KM/200 miles)
From Yokota AB, about 3 hours, 30 minutes (about 256KM/160 miles)
From Yokosuka, about 5 hours (about 351KM/218 miles)
・From Tokyo, take the Hokuriku Shinkansen to Nagano station (about 1 hour, 25 minutes), then take the Shigakogen Express Bus to Shiga Kogen (about 1 hour, 10 minutes).
・From Nagoya, take the JR Chuo Line Express Shinano to Nagano station (about 2 hours, 45 min). Then take the Shigakogen Express Bus to Shiga Kogen (about 1 hour, 10 minutes).
・Free; first come, first served
・The parking lot has no specific address; please refer to “Start and Finish Line” for map guidance.
Top 1-6 overall men/women
Top 3 age group men/women
under 29, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60+
54KM: 141 (82.5% completion rate)
32KM: 156 (76% completion rate)
8KM: 51 (100% completion rate)
click here to view results
・ No refunds, deferrals, or credits will be issued. This applies to incidents in which the event is cancelled for any reason including personal participant circumstances of the participant (including illness and injury) and incidents in which the event is cancelled due to unforeseen weather conditions or natural disasters.
・Depending on the event, transfers and certain modifications to your entry may be permitted. Generally, entries may be transferable and/or permit modifications until 3-5 days before the last day of registration. After this period, all transfers are considered illegal and modifications will not be accommodated.
Participants determined to be violating the policies below may be disqualified without a refund:
・Any person found to be bib-swapping (illegal transfer of bib); the person will be held responsible in case of an accident arising from or provoked by the other person during the event.
・Any person found to be registering with inaccurate information, i.e. false declarations of the participants name, age, or gender.
・You will not sue the event organizers nor its affiliates (including Samurai Sports) for any injury or death caused during the event.
・ You consent to and will give all authorities and copyright to the event organizer and affiliates for the use of photography, motion pictures, articles, recordings or any other record of this event (including personal information such as name, age, gender, personal record, portrait, and etc.) for legitimate purposes and use in newspapers, TV, magazines, internet and any media publishing such as Facebook posts, Instagram posts, and pamphlets.
・ Those participating and coming from abroad must be enrolled in medical and/or travel insurance in case of accident, injury, and medical emergencies.
・ Before signing up, please carefully read all rules and regulations of the event. If the rules and regulations cannot be followed, participation may be denied by the event organizers. If anything is unclear, please do not hesitate to contact us – it is your responsibility to be prepared.
・In most cases, athlete guides in English will be sent via email approximately 7-21 days before the event. However, the delivery of athlete guides is entirely dependent on the timeliness of the event organizers. Samurai Sports takes approximately one to two days from receipt of the Japanese athlete guide to translate into English.
・If total cost is ¥10,000 or less, you will incur a flat fee service charge of ¥1,000.
・If total cost is ¥10,001 or more, you will incur a service charge amounting to 10% of total cost.
・Why does Samurai Sports implement a service charge? They help us cover the cost of operating the registration platform, translation of athlete guides/event information, labor hours required to answer your event inquiries, etc. Depending on the event, the surcharges help to cover the cost of our physical presence at the event. Learn more about Samurai Sports’ service charge.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
・Do not leave the course or enter any off-course areas. When you pass another participant, hiker or local resident, be sure to stay on the course.
・No littering. Keep an eye out for your personal belongings! Please pick up any trash that you find on the site.
・Collecting or damaging plants or wildlife on the course and in the surrounding areas is strictly prohibited.
・Poles are permitted, but please attach rubber caps to the points. If we determine that the course is in poor condition, we may prohibit use of poles and similar equipment to prevent further deterioration. Be aware of those around you when using poles.
・Please use the toilets at each aid station, or use a portable toilet.
Consideration for Hikers, Local Residents, and Other Race Participants
・You are likely to encounter hikers and local residents on the course. When passing them in either direction, be sure to call out in advance and to exchange greetings to maintain good relations with the local community.
・Remember that the race is made possible thanks to the support of local residents and volunteers. Please show appropriate gratitude to them.
・If you decide that you are unable to continue due to injury or illness, please contact the nearest race staff member or race headquarters. The emergency telephone numbers are printed on your bib. In case the race officials find the race too difficult to continue, the race may be suspended or called off.
・The entire course is in a natural environment and the conditions are constantly changing. Pay attention to the circumstances around you as you run and do not force yourself into any difficult situations.
・Weather conditions on the course are likely to change suddenly, and participants can expect to face rain, strong winds or similar conditions that can cause hypothermia. Please make adequate preparations for such conditions in advance.
・Medical staff will be on-hand at race headquarters to deal with first aid for injuries and illness. Rescue vehicles are also on standby at each aid station to transport injured participants and those who drop out.
Dropping Out / DNF
・If you drop out during the race for any reason, be sure to tell course marshals or aid station staff member your name and bib number.
・If you are unable to do so at the time, please inform race headquarters as soon as possible and return your timing chip.
・Guide signs and guide tape are installed all along the course. Tape is attached to tree branches and in other visible locations at intersections and hazardous points on the course.
・If you lose sight of the guide tapes, return to the spot where you last saw it and follow the correct course. Course marshals will be at key locations such as intersections and road crossings, but following course markings is the responsibility of each participant.
Returning Your Timing Chip
・Your timing chip will either be attached to the rear side of your bib or attached to your shoelaces . Please make sure to detach it and give it to race staff or put it in the chip return box after you finish the race.
・If you drop out during the race or decide not to start the race, please make sure to return your timing chip to race headquarters.
・There will be charge for lost or unreturned timing chips (unless the race organizer explicitly states the timing chips are one-time use).
・Participants who fail to check in before the check-in time will not be allowed to join the race.
GROUNDS FOR DISQUALIFICATION
・Participants who show inadequate respect for the environment and area by dumping garbage, entering areas off the course or other actions.
・Participants who fail to comply with instructions from race officials or course marshals.
・Participants who falsely declare their age, gender, and identification on their applications.
・Participants who commit wrongdoing.
・Participants who miss the starting time.
・Participants who fail to clear checkpoint cutoff times or those who do not reach the finish line by the final time limit. (Cutoff times are the times when you leave each checkpoint)
・Participants who fail to bring mandatory equipment.
・Participants who do not wear their bib appropriately. Attach your bib to your front without bending or otherwise manipulating it.
・Participants who run with headphones or similar items that block external sound, excluding hearing aids.
GROUNDS FOR CANCELLATION OF EVENT
・The race may be canceled for various reasons, including when a weather warning is issued, the course is in poor condition due to extreme weather, or participants’ safety cannot be guaranteed.
・Depending upon weather conditions, the race may also be delayed, rescheduled or the course may be changed to assure participants’ safety.
・No refunds or credits will be issued. This applies to incidents in which the event is cancelled for any reason including personal participant circumstances (such as illness) and incidents in which the event is cancelled due to unforeseen weather conditions or natural disasters.
Shiga Kogen Extreme Trail Executive Committee